It’s time for football to go against cricket on the field as Diego Maradona is descending upon Kolkata yet again after his 2008 visit to the City of Joy. He will take part in an exhibition match against former Indian cricket captain and the Prince of Kolkata,Sourav Ganguly. It is also an event that’s a month ahead of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup Final which Kolkata is set to host. The football carnival which will begin with the Indian Super League in October and last until the end of the year is set to begin around the same time as well.
Source – Zee News
If this wasn’t enough, Colombian football legend Carlos Valderrama & Indian football stars like Bhaichung Bhutia, I M Vijayan and Jose Barreto are set to participate in the event too. Cricketing sensations like Manoj Tiwary, Lakshmi Shukla,Deep Dasgupta and others along with Bollywood & Tollywood stars are also expected to play in the two teams. Kolkata is a fitting venue as Maradona used to play for the Albicelestes (Argentine national football team) and the city is known to have some of the country’s craziest football fanatics there. The exhibition match will take place on the 19thof September at the ASOS Sports Arena, Aditya Academy Secondary School, Barasat.Although Maradona’s arrival has created much excitement,it is also known that the venue would host only about 5,000 lucky fans even though it has a capacity of about 20,000 spectators, the remaining lot would be booked by the sponsors.
Source – CrickBuzz
Diego Maradona is scheduled to land in Kolkata on the 18th of September and attend to a whole host of events ranging from unveiling his statue at a pandal in Lake Town to inaugurating two Puja pandals in the North and South. There is also talk of Maradona sending a pair of autographed boots for Ganguly to wear for the hour long exhibition dubbed as a“Match for Unity”.The now 56-year-old,World Cup winner (1986) will also be felicitated by West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee & ‘Ami Banglai Dheki Swapno’, which is a foundation of eminent people from W. Bengal. Earlier Maradona had expressed his excitement to come to India on his facebook page with the message, “Just 100 days to go for my Kolkata visit and meet “Prince of Kolkata, Dada.””